Melvin James Kaminsky, popularly known as Mel Brooks, is an acclaimed American comic, director, producer, screenwriter, actor, composer, and lyricist. He was born in a Jewish household in New York.
He served in the US military as a corporal before shifting his consideration regarding playing the piano and performing stand-up satire acts in the ‘Borscht Belt’ resorts.
From there on, his comic abilities were recognized and he was hired to write for the satire series ‘Your Show of Shows.’ Brooks contributed as a writer for some sitcoms during the early period of his life.
After establishing his place in Hollywood, he proceeded to direct motion pictures like ‘The Producers,’ ‘Youthful Frankenstein,’ ‘The Twelve Chairs,’ and so on He started his own production company under the name ‘Brooksfilms’ and produced several movies.
He additionally produced, wrote, and directed numerous Broadway musicals. He is one of only a handful of scarcely any artists in Hollywood to have received ‘Emmy,’ ‘Grammy,’ ‘Oscar,’ and ‘Tony Awards’ (EGOT).
He has likewise received the ‘AFI Life Achievement Award’ and three of his movies are named in the American Film Institute’s rundown of ‘top 100 parody movies ever.’
Childhood and Early Life
Mel Brooks was born on June 28, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York, USA, to James and Kate Kaminsky. He was born into a Jewish household and had three older brothers, namely Irving, Lenny, and Bernie. His father passed on of a kidney infection when Brooks was two years old.
Brooks was often harassed by other young men of his age. He went to ‘Abraham Lincoln High School.’ He likewise went to ‘Eastern District High School’ and ‘Brooklyn College.’ He learned to play the drums from Buddy Rich at school.
Mel Brooks Career
After his stretch in the military during ‘World War II,’ Brooks played piano at the ‘Borscht Belt’ resorts and started working as a stand-up joke artist. He did some comic radio work also. He in the end turned into the master entertainer at ‘Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel.’
In 1949, Mel Brooks was hired by his friend Sid Caesar to write comic jokes for the NBC series ‘The Admiral Broadway Revue.’ The job paid him 50 US dollars per week. He was happy to be a satire writer.
In 1950, Sid Caesar thought of his own variety parody series called ‘Your Show of Shows,’ which had Brooks as a writer alongside Carl Reiner, Mel Tolkin, Neil Simon, and so forth The series was an instant hit and ran for four years.
In 1954, Mel Brooks wrote for another Caesar’s show called ‘Caesar’s Hour’ alongside a similar writing cast from ‘Your Show of Shows.’ It ran for three years toward the finish of which Brooks wrote ‘Shinbone Alley,’ his first Broadway melodic.
In the last part of the 1950s, Brooks turned out to be old buddies with his co-writer Carl Reiner and they both started working on various parody routines. They created the ‘2000 Year Old Man’ and performed the routine in New York, where it turned into a faction achievement.
From 1960 to 1962, Brooks and Reiner expanded the ‘2000 Year Old Man’ and took it to Hollywood and started performing it on ‘The Steve Allen Show.’ They additionally released a satire collection named ‘2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks.’
In 1962, Mel Brooks wrote ‘All American,’ a melodic Broadway. Ray Bolger starred in the Broadway, which had lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse. The show ran for 80 performances and won two ‘Tony Awards.’
In 1963, Brooks wrote the script for a vivified short film called ‘The Critic’ with an arty and obscure concept. The film was directed by Ernest Pintoff. The film won an ‘Oscar’ under the ‘Enlivened Short Film’ category.
‘Get Smart,’ a satire series created by Brooks and Buck Henry, ran on American TV from 1965 to 1970. It was a parody series based on a cumbersome spy who gets inspired by ‘James Bond.’ It received seven ‘Emmys’ altogether.
In 1967, Mel Brooks made his first directorial venture, ‘The Producers.’ It was released as an art movie due to its bizarre concept and satirical interpretation of Hitler. It received an ‘Oscar’ and was later turned into a melodic, receiving 12 ‘Tony Awards.’
In 1970, Brooks made the film ‘The Twelve Chairs,’ approximately based on the Russian epic with a similar title. The film was shot in Yugoslavia on a tight spending plan of 1.5 million US dollars, yet it neglected to achieve commercial achievement.
In 1972, Mel Brooks marked an arrangement with ‘Warner Brothers’ to re-write the script of what was then known as ‘Tex-X.’ He was later hired as the director for the film and it was called ‘Blasting Saddles.’ It was the second-highest grossing movie of the year.
In 1974, ‘Youthful Frankenstein’ was released. It starred Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, and so on and had Gene Hackman in an unforgettable appearance. It was the third-highest-grossing film of the year and received two ‘Oscar’ designations.
In 1975, Mel Brooks returned to TV and made a series called ‘When Things Were Rotten.’ It was a parody of the story of Robin Hood. It didn’t do very well and went on for just 13 episodes.
In 1976, he released ‘Quiet Movie,’ which was written and developed alongside Ron Clark. It was the first full-length quiet satire in many years. It was not as fruitful as the last barely any motion pictures by Brooks.
In 1977, Mel Brooks made a parody on Alfred Hitchcock’s motion pictures like ‘Vertigo,’ ‘Psycho,’ ‘Suspicion,’ ‘Dial M for Murder,’ and so forth, and the parody was called ‘High Anxiety.’ It was written by Brooks, Ron Clark, Rudy De Luca, and Barry Levinson.
In 1980, Brooks produced ‘The Elephant Man,’ which was directed by David Lynch. It was produced under ‘Brooksfilms,’ a production company that produced just non-satire ventures.
In 1981, he wrote, produced, and directed a film called ‘History of the World Part I,’ which was a parody on the history of humankind until the hour of the French Revolution. It received blended reviews and was a moderate commercial hit.
In 1983, Mel Brooks produced and starred in the remake of Ernst Lubitsch’s movie ‘To Be or Not to Be.’ It was directed by Alan Johnson. Brooks played the role of Hitler in the film; it was a satire on Germany during WW II.
From 1987 to 1989, Brooks directed a parody sci-fi named ‘Spaceballs.’ He additionally made a sitcom called ‘The Nutt House’ which was broadcast on NBC. The series didn’t do very well commercially.
During the 1990s, Mel Brooks directed motion pictures like ‘Life Stinks,’ a critical and commercial failure, ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights,’ which was inexactly based on his sitcom ‘When Things Were Rotten,’ and ‘Dracula: Dead and Loving It.’
During the 2000s, he appeared in TV series like ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Distraught About You,’ ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ ‘Jokesters in Cars Getting Coffee,’ and so forth He additionally did appearances in films like ‘It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie.’
All the while, he likewise worked on musicals like ‘The Producers,’ ‘Youthful Frankenstein,’ and so on and appeared on the HBO special ‘Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again.’
Mel Brooks additionally voiced ‘Vlad’ in the vivified parody film ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ in 2015. He reprised his role as ‘Vlad’ in ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ in 2018.
Awards and Achievements
Brooks received three ‘Grammys’ for ‘The 2000 Year Old Man,’ ‘The Producers,’ and ‘Recording the Producers.’ He received his first four ‘Emmys’ for ‘Your Show of Shows.’ He received three ‘Emmys’ for the sitcom ‘Distraught About You.’
He received three ‘Tony Awards’ for ‘The Producers.’ He won a ‘Hugo Award’ and ‘Cloud Award’ for ‘Youthful Frankenstein.’ He received a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ in 2010. After a couple of years, he received the ‘AFI Life Achievement Award.’
He likewise received the prestigious ‘Public Medal of Arts’ in 2016. In 2017, he was honored with a ‘BAFTA.’
Personal Life and Legacy
In 1951, brooks got married to Florence Baum and the couple had three children, namely Stephanie, Nicky, and Eddie. Their marriage finished in 1962.
He then married actress Anne Bancroft in 1964 and remained married to her until she died in 2005. They had a child named Max Brooks. Brooks credits Bancroft as an inspiration for ‘The Producers’ and ‘Youthful Frankenstein.’
Brooks wrote an adaptation of Oliver Goldsmith’s ‘She Stoops to Conquer.’ However, he was unable to get anybody to support his thought monetarily.
At 55 years old, Brooks recorded a rap named ‘It’s Good to Be the King.’
Mel Brooks received the ‘Kennedy Center Honors 2009’ for ‘Performing Arts’ in Washington D.C.
John Krasinski Networth
Known for his debonair great looks and boyish charm, John Krasinski is one of the most ‘popular’ TV stars of today. He has appeared in several movies including ‘Let’s get this show on the road Go’, ‘Permit to Wed’, ‘Something Borrowed’ and ‘It’s Complicated’, yet is most popular for portraying the character of ‘Jim Halpert’ in the popular American sitcom, ‘The Office’.
He started establishing the framework for a livelihood in the entertainment industry by going to the National Theater Institute and The Royal Shakespeare Company, which helped him garner a couple of commercials in New York and a couple of off-Broadway plays.
To carry on with a fair life in the city of dreams, he worked as a waiter to deal with his expenses. Although he appeared in several episodes on hit TV programs like ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ and ‘Ed’, he got his first breakthrough with ‘The Office’, which earned him several prestigious awards and designations.
Apart from acting, he has additionally directed a couple of episodes of ‘The Office’ and has written and directed, ‘Brief Interviews with Hideous Men’, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Childhood and Early Life
John Burke Krasinski was born on October 20, 1979, in Boston, Massachusett, to Dr. Ronald Krasinski and Mary Clare. He has two older brothers: Kevin and Paul. He was raised as a Roman Catholic.
John Krasinski enrolled at Brown University, where he considered theater arts. While going to school, he additionally helped with coaching the basketball crew at The Gordon School, Rhode Island.
After graduating from school as a playwright with an honors thesis named ‘Substance Under Pressure’, John Krasinski went to accomplish training at the National Theater Institute, in Waterford, Connecticut
Meanwhile, he even went to The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, and The Actors Center in New York City. It was in New York that his tryst with the acting started as he bagged a couple of commercials and visitor spots on TV programs.
He likewise appeared in off-Broadway plays, while at the same time working as a waiter to earn extra cash.
John Krasinski was appointed as a script intern on ‘Late Night with Conan O’ Brien’ in 2000.
John Krasinski Career
He showed up in the film, ‘State and Main’, where he played the role of the judge’s assistant. Two years later, he starred in two films; ‘Fighting Still Life’ and ‘Institute of matriculation’.
John Krasinski appeared on TV in an episode of ‘Ed’, in 2003. He then proceeded to appear in an episode of ‘Law and Order: Criminal Intent’ as Jace Gleesing. The next year, proved to be a bustling one for Krasinski as he starred in the film, ‘Kinsey’, and showed up in ‘Taxi’.
The year 2005 proved to be an extremely fruitful year for him as he starred in two capricious movies, ‘Duane Hopwood’ and ‘Jarhead’. He was likewise projected in the popular American TV series, ‘The Office’ as ‘Jim Halpert’, for which he received several awards and was additionally named in several popular categories.
In 2006, John Krasinski starred in the TV series, ‘American Dad!’. He was additionally found in movies such as ‘Doogal’, ‘For Your Consideration’, ‘Dreamgirls’ and ‘The Holiday’. The exact year, he started narrating a series of commercials for Ask.com, Apply TV, and Verizon Wireless. What’s more, he even appeared in several print advertisements for the brand, Gap.
2006 additionally observed him debut as a writer and director with ‘Brief Interviews with Hideous Men’, which was a movie adaptation based on the short-story assortment by David Foster Wallace.
In 2007, he appeared in films like ‘A New Wave’, ‘Smiley Face’, ‘Permit to Wed’, and in a voice role for ‘Shrek the Third’. The next year, he was given a role as Carter Rutherford in the film, ‘Leatherheads’.
From 2009 to 2011, John Krasinski made several big-screen appearances with films like “Let’s get this show on the road Go’, ‘The Muppets’ and ‘It’s Complicated’. He was likewise found in the network show, ‘Rove LA’, where he was given a role as himself in a solitary episode.
The 2012 released film ‘Promised Land’ saw him wear the hat of a producer, notwithstanding being one of the screenwriters and actors for the film. The next year, he starred as Frank McCay in ‘Monster’s University’ and additionally appeared in an episode of ‘Arrested Development’.
In 2005, John Krasinski played the character of Jim Halpert for the hit American parody series, ‘The Office’, which depicts the everyday life in the office. All the periods of ‘The Office’ received widespread critical approval and have won several awards.
To date, it is the highest-rated scripted series on NBC and got one of the first shows that were accessible for download online from the iTunes Store.
Awards and Achievements
John Krasinski won the Screen Actors Guild Awards for ‘Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series’ for ‘The Office’ in 2006 and 2007, continuously.
His film, ‘Brief Interviews with Hideous Men’ was showcased at the celebrated Sundance Film Festival, in 2009.
Family and Personal Life
John Krasinski married Emily Blunt on July 10, 2010, at Como, Italy. The grand wedding was gone to by superstars such as George Clooney, David Schwimmer, Meryl Streep, and Matt Damon.
Krasinski and Blunt have two daughters: Hazel, born in February 2014; and Violet, born in July 2016.
John Krasinski is an aficionado of the Boston Red Sox group of Major League Baseball (MLB).
This popular American actor from ‘The Office’ acclaim hosted a fundraiser for Democratic Senate chosen one, Elizabeth Warren, alongside Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.